Two armed men held up a Woodlawn bar Tuesday evening — where a group of Baltimore County police officers had gathered for a retirement party, the department said.
As officers were celebrating a longtime sergeant’s retirement in the main room of Monaghan's Pub on Gwynn Oak Avenue, two masked men approached the carryout counter nearby around 5:30 p.m., police said. Monaghan's owner Jack Milani said the men demanded cash from the register and then took off.
Some of the off-duty officers attending the retirement party gave chase and arrested the two men nearby, the department said.
Police charged Joseph McInnis III, 21, of the first block of Inwood Ave., and Tyree McCoy, 22, of the 3500 block of Cedar Drive, with armed robbery, theft and related offenses, department spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson said. Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.
Milani said he was surprised that someone would commit a robbery at his business, which is just across from a precinct station. During shift changes, he said, there are a lot of squad cars coming and going into the station, and he said many of the officers are regular customers.
“It’s kind of odd you would even attempt it,” Milani said. “[Officers] are always in here. There was a decent amount of them.”
The party was for David Neral, a longtime officer at Precinct 2, Vinson said.
Milani said he knew the officer. “He’s worked in this community as long as I can remember,” he said.
The sergeant has been with the department since 1988.